110V != 220V… sparks will fly

when traveling abroad, you will discover other countries use a different range of voltage than that of the US. in South Korea, they use 220V which is way different than the 110V in the US. they also use a different plug outlet (two small thin prongs). making sure whatever electronic device from the US you plug into an outlet here can handle 220V seems obvious, but that didn’t stop me from attempting to try getting my Xbox 360 to work here…

the Xbox 360 has a large power supply brick that says it can only handle 110V input. i had purchased a voltage converter from Best Buy that worked as well as using a rock to convert voltage (unfortunately, i didn’t discover this until i had moved to Seoul, so i doubt i can get a refund…). i also purchased a couple of plug adapters for those electronic devices that can handle 220V input (like my laptop). anyway, i tried the voltage converter first, and the Xbox 360 turned on for maybe 2 seconds, and then nothing worked. so i thought “hey, i’ll try the plug adapter and see if that may work.” don’t try this…. plugging it into the wall caused sparks to fly out of the plug adapter. the result was i now had a broken Xbox 360 power supply and a broken plug adapter. thankfully this was the worst that happened and nothing more like a fire or injury. and since then i have purchased a Korean Xbox 360 power supply that works just fine with 220V as well as the US Xbox 360 🙂 my friend bought me a real voltage converter that works great too!

so learn from my dumbness; if the input range does not include the voltage you want to use, then it won’t work and you can easily destroy the device or do something worse…